History. Camp Lightbulb was founded in 2011. We launched our first Summer Camp in Provincetown in 2012. We expanded to a Winter Camp in 2015 and continue to expand with more camps throughout the year. In 2018 we trialed our first Spring Camp and our first Leadership Camp. This year these have morphed into a Memorial Day Family Camp and our NYC Summer School.
Campers. Our campers come from across the US and identify along the full LGBTQ spectrum. Camp Lightbulb is committed to providing the camp experience to all and roughly 40% of our campers receive full or partial camperships.
Partners. We work with partners including the Ali Forney Center, a center for LGBT homeless youth in New York City; Waltham House / The Home for Little Wanderers, a residential program for LGBT youth in Waltham, MA; and Boston's GLASS, a program for LGBT youth.
Founder. Camp Lightbulb is a labor of love for Founding Director Puck Markham, who developed the project for two years before its launch. Puck is Dutch-American and attended the University of Amsterdam and UCLA.
Puck worked in financial services with PaineWebber and Barclays Bank, in Los Angeles and London, where he founded Community Money, an UK based social enterprise, which provided financial education to low-income families.
"Growing up can be tough. Growing up LGBTQ is that much tougher. I wanted to create a special place that is a stepping stone in life for the younger members of my community, as they figure out who they truly are, surrounded by peers, and role models and a supportive and embracing community."
Team. Camp Lightbulb is managed by Puck, and supported by a stellar freelance team of project managers, seasonal counselors, volunteers and a Board of Directors.
Counselors. Our counselors reflect our community and our allies. They attend training before the start of Camp. All are subject to criminal and sexual background checks. Many of our counselors return year after year.
Board. The board provides guidance, governance and support to the organization. In addition to Puck, the members are Linda Rohler - Camp supporter from the very start, retired teacher of thirty years, Provincetown resident with wife Jane, proud mom of 2 daughters and grandmother to 5 grandchildren. And currently we have one Board Vacancy. Please contact us if you are interested.
Regulations. For its summer camp Camp Lightbulb complies with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In California and New York, Camp Lightbulb complies with the relevant city and state regulations.